(word cloud from the most recent research project objectives using Wordle)
The Computer Architecture, Systems and Performance Evaluation Research (CASPER) Group focuses on studying current and future computer architectures with a special emphasis on parallelism and multi-core systems. One research direction is looking at the issues and solution for future processors, in particular how to manage more efficiently future large-scale heterogeneous multi-core processors using virtualization techniques. Other projects study the different existing multi-core and accelerator systems such as multi-core CPUs, Graphics Processor Units (GPUs), and the Cell/BE systems, their characteristics and programmability for scientific and commercial workloads. Finally, we are also looking at parallel programming models, their applicability and performance. The group has been previously involved in several projects sponsored by the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) and is currently involved in RPF’s Cy-Tera HPC infrastructure project as well as TERAFLUX, an EU FP7 IP project. The group has tight collaborations with other research groups from UPC Barcelona - Spain, INESC Lisbon – Portugal, UIUC Urbana-Champaign – USA, and the Intel Corp. among others. The Research group has recently received on a loan an Intel 48-core Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC) research processor for its research projects.